History of Lagos
The first locality in the region of Lagos, called Laccobriga or Lacóbriga, was founded about 2000 years before the birth of Christ by the conios. This locality was consequently occupied by Carthaginians, Romans, barbarian peoples, Muslims and finally reconquered by Christians in the thirteenth century.3
Due to its location and economic importance, it became a focal point for the Portuguese Discoveries, from the 15th Century; in 1573, the city was elevated by king D. Sebastião, becoming the capital of the Kingdom of the Algarve, position that maintained during the Philippine Domain. In 1755, when it was devastated by the tsunami that also devastated Lisbon, the provisional capital passed to Loulé and then to Faro where it still remains .. In the 19th century, it participated actively in the French Invasions and in the Portuguese Civil War, having managed to regain some economic importance , with the introduction of the first industries from the middle of the century.
After World War II and until the end of the 20th century, there was a gradual reduction of industrial capacity and an increase in tourism, becoming the main economic activity in the Municipality.
For centuries its bay saw ancestral civilizations arrive and later saw the caravels that the Infante D. Henrique took to conquer the New World.
Known as the City of Discoveries, Lagos has many more things to discover. The Moorish narrow streets, the Arabian houses adorned with chimneys, the walls, the castle, the rich churches and the famous D. Rodrigo, created by the wise hands of a son of the land.
Area of ancestral experiences, in Lagos live the old and the contemporary. And it is from the sea that it continues to arrive all its richness, made of quality tourism, a rich marine gastronomy and, of course, the beauty of the beaches of white sand, graciously trimmed by rocks of ocher color.